Christie’s sold more than $2 billion worth of art in New York, but 20th and 21st century auctions had major disappointments

Christie’s sold more than  billion worth of art in New York, but 20th and 21st century auctions had major disappointments

It was a long, sometimes brutal evening at Christie’s on Thursday, November 17. But in the end, the auction house sold $421.9 million worth of art, pushing its bi-annual auctions into the unknown territory of more than $2 billion. (all sales figures include premium). The top lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s prizefighter portrait Sugarray Robinson (1982), … Read more

Jeremy Pope’s Mother Passed Out During His Broadway Debut | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jeremy Pope’s Mother Passed Out During His Broadway Debut |  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jeremy Pope’s Mother Passed Out During His Broadway Debut | The Tonight Show starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Basquiat’s Former NYC Studio to Rent for $60 Ka Month

Basquiat’s Former NYC Studio to Rent for  Ka Month

Struggling artists are not required to apply. The former Noho studio and dig where the late great Jean-Michel Basquiat spent the last five years of his life is on the rental market — for a cool $60,000 a month. Basquiat, who died in 1988, rented the funky space at 57 Great Jones Street from mentor … Read more

Some of the world’s most stunning portrait photos

Some of the world’s most stunning portrait photos

ln The power of photographyNow available at ACC Art Books, renowned gallery owner and art collector Peter Fetterman has curated 120 images most dear to him — many of them humanistic portraits of celebrities. “I’ve tried to strike a balance between iconic images and images that no one has ever seen before, because that’s the … Read more

Why provenance matters to art collectors

Why provenance matters to art collectors

art market Brian Ng The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recent raid on the Orlando Museum of Art showed the power of provenance, or a record of a work of art’s ownership history: According to the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant, the origin stories of 25 Jean- Michel Basquiat works, which were also not … Read more

Take a look at the process of painter Demit Omphroy, whose buy now exhibition captures the highs and lows of love

Take a look at the process of painter Demit Omphroy, whose buy now exhibition captures the highs and lows of love

Art and athletics are not a typical mix, but for Demit Omphroy the combination came naturally. The former professional footballer turned contemporary painter can attribute his success on the pitch and canvas to one thing: an unwavering work ethic. During Omphroy’s time on the football field, painting remained a constant passion in his life. His … Read more

FBI Basquiat Raid Leads to Museum Director’s Ouster

FBI Basquiat Raid Leads to Museum Director’s Ouster

On Tuesday, Aaron De Groft lost his job as the director of the Orlando Museum of Art after a dustup with law enforcement: Last Friday, the FBI seized 25 paintings attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiatbut whose authenticity has since come into question, from the museum. The exhibition displaying the paintings, “Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat,” had … Read more

Orlando Museum of Art director told art expert who had doubts about Basquiat exhibit to ‘stay in [her] limited lane’ | Orlando Area News | Orlando

Orlando Museum of Art director told art expert who had doubts about Basquiat exhibit to ‘stay in [her] limited lane’ | Orlando Area News | Orlando

click to enlarge Photo by Macbeth Studio/courtesy OMA New documents surrounding the FBI’s raid of the Orlando Museum of Art show that doubts were expressed about their troubled Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit well before it opened. In an affidavit obtained by the New York Times,  art expert Jordana Moore Saggese told investigators she was asked by OMA … Read more

5 Museum-Quality Paintings for Sale at TEFAF Maastricht

5 Museum-Quality Paintings for Sale at TEFAF Maastricht

Art Market Paul Laster Booths at the 2022 edition of TEFAF Maastricht. Image courtesy TEFAF. Touting itself as the world’s leading art and antiques fair, The European Fine Art Fair—popularly known as TEFAF—delivers on its branding by consistently offering world-class works, and this year is no exception. Presenting some 7,000 years of art, the 2022 … Read more

FBI Seizes 25 Paintings From Orlando Museum’s Basquiat Exhibit

FBI Seizes 25 Paintings From Orlando Museum’s Basquiat Exhibit

The FBI seized two dozen paintings from a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art amid an investigation into possible fraud. The feds alleged in court papers that it has uncovered “false information related to the alleged prior ownership of the paintings” and “attempts to sell the paintings using false provenance.” In addition, … Read more